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Disruptive Digital Experiences

Digital experiences deliberately go beyond simply communicating information - they seek to strongly engage, involve, and emotionally affect the user using digital means. A huge array of interactions and technologies can render digital experiences for various human goals. These experiences may be practical, for pure enjoyment, or a mixture of both.

As such, digital experiences require the integration and application of techniques and tools in creative computing, AI and machine learning, digital games, collaborative technologies, HCI and UX, personalisation, metadata, and eXtended Reality (AR, VR and MR).

Hence, applications are invited from candidates that have an interest in exploring the value of creating and applying digital experiences within new, disruptive contexts. It is envisaged that the successful candidate would research, design, develop, and evaluate a digital experience within an appropriate context. Therefore, candidates should have good creative design and software development skills, as well as experience in appropriate research methods and experience with one or more of the techniques and tools mentioned above.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the above PhD topic please follow the steps below:

  1. Contact the supervisor by email or phone to discuss your interest and find out if you would be suitable. Supervisor details can be found on this topic page. The supervisor will guide you in developing the topic-specific research proposal, which will form part of your application.
  2. Click on the 'Apply here' button on this page and you will be taken to the relevant PhD course page, where you can apply using an online application.
  3. Complete the online application indicating your selected supervisor and include the research proposal for the topic you have selected.

Good luck!

This is a self funded topic

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: The UK Government is also offering Doctoral Student Loans for eligible students, and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.

Meet the Supervisor(s)

Harry Agius - Harry has research and teaching expertise in various aspects of digital media, games and creative computing. He is the Section Editor for Track 4 (Digital Games, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality) of the Multimedia Tools and Applications journal (Springer). He was co-editor of the Handbook of Digital Games (IEEE/Wiley, 2014).

Damon Daylamani-Zad - Damon is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Computing (AI and Games).

Related Research Group(s)

Creative Computing

Creative Computing - Multidisciplinary research at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence (machine learning), serious and fun gaming, and cognitive modelling to simulate a physical world either as a virtual, augmented or mixed reality environment.